Contributor: Minister Nadia Woollery
Occult Level Spiritual Warfare is the level of warfare that deals with the occult, sorcery, witchcraft and divination. Agents of Satan are dealt with in this realm, especially witches, warlocks, sorcerers and Satanists. Examples include Acts 8, 13, 16 and 19.
When the story of Jesus’ authority became known to the Jews and Greeks in Ephesus, the fear of the Lord fell on the people and “the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honour.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. As a result of two years of preaching, preparation of an apostolic team and the demonstration of God’s love and power through deliverance/healing, there was a mighty shift in the spiritual stratosphere. Occult practitioners were now being shaken from their old lifestyle and beginning to come forward to receive Christ as Saviour and Lord.
“Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. A number who had practised sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.” Acts 19:18-20. (NIV)
We see in Ephesus how Satan’s agents (the sorcerers) were displaced from the kingdom of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of God. Through their open confession and repentance from the occult there was a radical increase in a) the number of people who responded to the salvation message and b) the manifestation of God’s power. The ground level warfare of preaching, teaching, deliverance and healing had laid the foundation for the next stage of breakthrough. Hallelujah!
Occult practitioners no doubt held many in the grip of fear and superstition. When they became Believers the devil’s hold was loosened on all the lives over whom they had influence and God’s grace was manifested in community salvation and transformation, thus the Kingdom was established and advanced. Church, we need to love and exercise Christ’s authority for those who are trapped in witchcraft, Satanism and all manner of darkness because Jesus died to set them free just as He died for our freedom too.